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February 15, 2016

Posted by | February 24, 2016


The February Faculty meeting will be on February 19th at 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM in FSHN 164.  See below for the future faculty meeting schedule. The AMS dial # is 5704472

Fang Zhu (Rose) was a contributor to a published article in Nature Communications titled “Unique features of a global human ectoparasite identified through sequencing of the bed bug genome.   To read the article go to:

An update on some of our graduates:

  • Dr. Amber Vinchesi has accepted an Extension faculty position with the University of California Cooperative Extension where she will start in April as the Assistant Area Farm Advisor for Vegetable Crops in the Sacramento Valley. Amber will be located in Colusa, California.
  • Dr. Natalie Boyle started as a Post-Doctoral Researcher with the USDA-Agriculture Research Service in January. Natalie is working with Dr. Theresa Pitts-Singer out of the Logan Utah-based Pollinating Insect-Biology, Management, Systematics Research Unit. Natalie will be working with tree nut and fruit crops validating that Blue Orchard Bees at low densities synergize   pollination with honeybees, subsequently improving nut and fruit set and crop yields in almond and cherry orchard systems.
  • Doug Walsh visited with two of his former students, Tara Piraneo and Dr. Brian Bahder in Napa, California in January. Tara Piraneo, MS December 2013, is now a Viticulturist with Pahlmeyer Winery in Napa, CA and Brian, PhD May 2014, is a post doc in Professor Frank Zalom’s lab at UC Davis. Pahlmeyer produces high-end estate wines and Tara manages the pest and disease management program at Pahlmeyer’s estate vineyard in the hills above Napa Valley. Brian is conducting research in the Sonoma and Napa Valleys to identify the insect vector of an emerging viral pathogen of grapes, Grapevine Red Blotch Disease.

The next Entomology Spring 2016 Colloquium presentation will be on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, in FSHN 354 at 12:10-1:00.  Our speaker will be Scott Villa, Dept. of Biology at the University of Utah at Salt Lake City. His presentation is titled “Evolutionary diversification of parasites” For more info about him go to: and AMS dial # 5704020

How To…Increase the Impact of Your Research Workshop: Monday, February 22, at noon to 1 p.m.

Learn strategies for widening the reach and impact of your research by sharing your work in openly accessible repositories, profiling your research interests, and laying claim to your work using unique researcher identifiers. We will also discuss metrics that you can use to measure the impact of your research in terms of citations, downloads, and social media engagement.

Speakers: Talea Anderson, Scholarly Communication Librarian and Lorena O’English, Social Sciences Librarian.  Feel free to bring your own lunch.   Location: Neill Hall 416 (Only 20 seats available.) AMS is available upon request to If you have any questions please feel free to contact Kellie Klein at

Do you have a student employee who has given outstanding service that could be recognized as Student Employee of the Year?  YOU ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2016 STUDENT EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR RECOGNITION PROGRAM! The Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) award is organized by the Western Association of Student Employment Administrators (WASEA) as part of National Student Employment Week each April. This is an opportunity for all on-campus employers to recognize the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who work while attending school in universities nationwide. One student will be chosen as the Student Employee of the Year from Washington State University by the SEOTY Selection Committee, and that winner will proceed to be considered for the state-wide Student Employee of the Year title, and could possibly move forward in national recognition. The Student Employee of the Year award is a way for WSU to recognize our outstanding student employees. This opportunity to nominate is available to any WSU on-campus department who employs any current student. Employers can nominate all student employees (whom they currently directly supervise) who have exhibited outstanding work performance and who have worked at least part-time for 6 months or full-time for 3 months since July 1, 2015. Employers can nominate as many students as they see fit for the award.  Employers must email the nomination form (attached) and narrative to no later than February 23, 2016. Any nomination submitted after February 23, 2016 will not be considered for the award. The nomination form requires basic information about the student such as mailing address, class level, etc. The narrative is a short description of why you feel your student employee should win. This could include any sort of accomplishments that student has exhibited on the job. The nomination form (attached) has more information regarding the narrative. Here are a few important dates to remember for the Student Employee of the Year program:

  • February 23, 2016: Nomination forms are due via e-mail to:
  • March 2, 2016: WSU Student Employee of the Year will be selected by the SEOTY Selection Committee
  • April 11-15, 2016: Winner recognized during National Student Employment Week

If you have any questions regarding the Student Employee of the Year program, please contact:

Jordan Jameson, Student Employment Coordinator, WSU Academic Success & Career Center   (509) 335-6634

Crimson Reads Submission Open: In March 2016 the WSU Libraries will host the 3rd annual Crimson Reads: A Celebration of WSU Authors. Submissions for authored/co-authored or edited books (including eBooks) published between January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015 are now being accepted.  Deadline for submissions is Saturday, February 26, 2016.  See Criteria for Submission for details on eligible works and/or submit your work. More information on the event can be found on the WSU Showcase website:  We invite the academic community to identify the work — whether their own or by their peers — that deserves special acknowledgment. By highlighting the intellectual work of faculty, staff, students and alumni across the disciplines, we aim to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration and innovation, as well as to say thanks for a job well done.

Mid-term grades are due Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

Entomology Department Research AwardsMarch 1 will be the deadline for our 2016 “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions.   These two awards will be respectively supported by the Robert and Mary Lou Harwood and Howard and Hermina Hallgarth scholarship endowments.  The “Student of the Year” award will be given in recognition of the student’s academic achievements and scholarly service contributions. The “Paper of the Year” be awarded in recognition an exceptional manuscript with a student as lead author. For consideration of the Paper of the Year award, the paper must be accepted for publication or has appeared in print over the 12 months preceding the March 30 application deadline. Application for this award includes an additional requirement:  A copy of the manuscript, along with a copy of the letter (email) from the journal indicating the paper has been accepted for publication.  There will also be two graduate fellowship research awards from the Erret Deck Fellowship.  These fellowships will support expansion of a student’s research project.

Travel and Research scholarship applications will have the below three components:

1)      A 500 word (or less) essay from the student concisely explaining why they deserve the award. For Travel Award consideration, you might describe the significance of your presentation (is it an invited talk? is this a major national meeting? have you recently submitted or published particularly significant findings?).  Are there specific plans to build ties with possible postdoc advisors or other collaborators, etc.?  Travel awards can also be used to meet with collaborators outside of a national meeting; the need for this form of travel award funding should be justified.  For Research Award consideration, In the case of the Deck research fellowship, the student should describe specifically what component the funds will add to their research program. In the case of the Hallgarth “Paper of the Year” award,

2)      The student’s updated CV.

3)      A 250 word (or less) memo from the major advisor describing why they feel their student is deserving of the award.

Your applications must be emailed to Adam ( before the above stated deadlines. We look forward to seeing your award submissions and have a great semester!  Vince H, Rich, and Paul – The Student Awards Committee

The next Provost Office Bagels and Brainstorming session will be on March 4, 2016 at 8:00 AM in CUE 518. Presenters will be Rebecca Van de Vord and Fran Hermanson .  The presentation is titled: Understanding the Student Success Collaborative Platform as a Tool to Improve Retention.


Entomology Dept. Faculty Meeting Schedule

2/19/2016 – 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472

3/24/2016 – Special Faculty Meeting TBD

4/22/2016 – 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472

5/20/2016 – 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472

6/24/2016 – 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472

7/22/2016 – 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472

The Graduate School has announced the 6th Annual Global Case Competition.  This competition brings student’s together to develop innovative interdisciplinary solutions to complex global issues facing each of us in today’s world.  Registration opens February 1, 2016.  Teams of 4 to 6 students work together under a strict timeline to develop an innovative solution to the selected case. Judging the solution occurs in 2 stages. Teams present their solutions in a 2-page written solution. Expert judges evaluate each solution and the top-5 teams are selected as finalists. Each of the finalist teams presents a solution in a public forum. Judges hear each solution and pose questions to the respective teams before selecting a winner. To learn about GCC visit this webpage:

The Association for Faculty Women (AFW) invites faculty nominations for three awards: AFW’s Harriett B.

Rigas award (presented to an outstanding doctoral candidate), the AFW Founders Award (presented to an outstanding master’s student). We will accept nominations starting now through February 12th.  The final application packets are due February 19th.

The Washington State University, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Presents: Three Minute Thesis Competition. Proposal Deadline is Friday, February 19th.  For more information about how you can get involved in this opportunity visit this website at:

*March 1, 2016 will be the deadline for our 2016 Research scholarship applications: “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions.